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At the Zoo with the 200 f/2


See also Wildlife at the Beach for more examples.

The images on this page were all shot handheld in one afternoon with the Nikon 200mm f/2 VR on the Nikon D3x, at the San Francisco Zoo. To make it an extra challenge, I brought along 4 children ages 6-10 with me. That, combined with one of the busiest visitation days of the season, made shooting through fences and avoiding elbows something close enough to real life to count as a serious test!

Not all images shown on this page are critically sharp. Some are shown for color, bokeh or other reasons to show off both the D3x and the Nikon 200mm f/2 VR. And I made some mistakes in choice of shutter speed (eg ISO). Perhaps auto-ISO is a setting I should be exploring in the future for such work.

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D3x + Nikon 200/2 VR, 1/200 sec @ f/2, ISO 200 handheld

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